Friday, July 25, 2014

You Can Order Pre-order Kreb's Spam Nation Now

It won't be out until November. For me, that is just in time for what is probably a good read during the start of one of Oregon's famously dreary winters. The krebsonsecurity blog post has more information, and the Amazon pre-order page has an editorial review with an excerpt from Chapter 1. Back in February, Bruce Schneier wrote a Krebs post, with a link to a NY Times profile. So it isn't just me.


Brian Krebs is perhaps uniquely qualified to write such a book, as he has long been intimately involved with the field, has a history of painstaking research, and has undoubted talents as a writer.

I also have an immediate selfish interest in hoping that this book is book is as good (and successful) as I hope it to be. Several of his posts are go-to answers to important questions. The Scrap Value of a Hacked PC, Revisited is good example. I don't have to write a careful response to questions of this nature, because Krebs has been there and done that--far better than I could. I can just send a link.

Here's the thing. Pre-orders are important in establishing the size of a print run. Writing any sort of book is an immense amount of work, which can be essentially wasted in terms of ROI if the books aren't available. Ebooks may mitigate this to some extent, but from what I've read, sales of physical books still matters a lot. 

So, ROI. If his track record is any guide, the Investment has been very large. I'd like his Return to be large as well. You can think of this as a non-immediate selfish goal if, you like. Brian Krebs is a very effective Good Guy, and keeping him in the fight is a useful thing to do. 

2 comments:

  1. Ordered mine some time ago. Brian's the best. Expert opinion written in journalist style. Can't wait to get it.
    Maureen

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  2. Pre-ordered couple of them. Brian knows SPAM unlike anyone else in the field. He has had so many weird things left on his "front door" but that never stopped him from bringing us the inside story of organized cybercrime - from global epidemic to our "front doors!" Kudos and Hats off to Brian! You're the BEAST! You're the BEST!!

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Thanks for your comment; communities are not built without you.

But note than comments on older posts usually go into a modertion queue. It keeps out a lot of blog spam. Weird links to Web sites hosting malware, marketing nonsense, etc.

I really want to be quick about approving comments in the moderation queue. When I think I won't manage that, I will turn moderation off, and sweep up the mess as soon as possible.

If you find comments that look like blog spam, they likely are. As always, be careful of what you click on. I may have had moderation off, and not yet swept up the mess.